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Examples of References for a Resume

There are 2 primary ways to provide references to prospective employers - employment reference lists and reference letters.

Employment Reference Lists

An employment reference list is a page that lists the names and the contact information of the people you've chosen to serve as your references. See Format for References in a Resume for guidance on how to prepare this page.



Street Address
City, State, Zip

email address


Mr. John Doe
Director of Operations
Apex Distribution Company
216 Johnson Street
Orlando, Florida 26457

Mr. John Doe, Ph.D
Call Center Supervisor
23568 Willberry Road
Miami, Florida 33654

Ms. Jane Doe
Office Manager
Betson Products, Incorporated
235 Sollow Street
Pensacola, Florida 36598

Ms. Jane Doe
3265 SE Rukins Place
Jacksonville, Florida 32545


Reference Letters

A reference letter is a short correspondence written by people you've selected to serve as your references. It describes your contributions and value to the company. Typically, this letter is prepared on the person's letterhead stationary.




To whom it may concern:

I would like to recommend Jane Doe for a position with your organization. Jane has been employed by our company from 2001 to 2006.

During her employment with our company as Office Manager, Jane was responsible for all activities associated with efficient office operations including bookkeeping, collections, purchasing, clerical tasks, and training/supervising three office assistants.

Jane is extremely organized, possesses excellent written and verbal communication skills, and works productively without direct supervision.

I believe Jane Doe would make a valuable asset to any employer and I am happy to happy to recommend her without reservation.

Yours truly,

John Doe

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